Jake Burton Carpenter’s little company has come a long way since founding Burton Snowboards out of a Vermont barn in 1977. What was once a hobby has become a leading-industry manufacturer of snowboards and apparel. How popular and respected have Burton Snowboards become? The company has only provided the outfits for the US Olympic Snowboard team in 2006 and 2010. And, the company is returning for a third consecutive run.
Burton recently unveiled the gear for Team USA, which will be worn during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia from Feb. 7 to 23, 2014. Just as the company did with riders during the games in Torino and Vancouver, Burton received feedback from the athletes on what they would prefer to wear. Burton also was inspired by American heritage – mainly handcrafted patchwork.
The highlight of the Team USA uniforms are the one-of-a-kind red, white and blue quilt jackets. The quilt-pattern jackets were based off of a vintage quilt discovered at an antique fair of all places. The quilt was taken back to Burton’s headquarters in Vermont where it was deconstructed and re-constructed by a veteran Vermont quilt maker in order to get it ready to replicate onto the outerwear fabrics. The end-result was a patriotic vintage quilt and flag print jacket that is bound to turn heads while up in the mountains.
The uniforms also include corduroy pants, gloves, mitts, beanies and cozy wool/silk blend competition pull-over fleeces. And, perhaps best of all for the athletes, Burton worked with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier RD&E Center to develop the all-new DRYRIDE Vaporshell laminate. This technology created a waterproof and breathable fabric that can stand up to any weather condition. Perfect for battling the elements offered by the frigid Russian winter.
We’re really proud that the 2014 uniform builds on Burton’s legacy of creating fun, unconventional designs that stray from the formal, traditional look of most uniforms,” said Greg Dacyshyn, Chief Creative Officer at Burton Snowboards. “The vintage quilt and flag print of the jacket combined with the corduroy pants give the uniform a ‘heirloom hippy’ vibe that lines up with snowboarding’s laid-back culture while paying respect to America’s longstanding creative heritage. It will stand out in Sochi for sure.”
While there isn’t a release date, you can grab these uniforms for yourself in the near feature. Just in case you want to get all ‘Merica’ will tearing up the slopes this winter. Just keep up with Burton via facebook.com/burtonsnowboards, twitter.com/burtonsnowboard and @burtonsnowboard on Instagram.
Check out the collection below and let us know if you’d be willing to sport that unique quilt and flag print jacket. Honestly, we kinda wish that every member of Team USA would be outfitted with this gear during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Source: Burton Snowboards
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